Transit-Oriented Development

Definition: Development of commercial space, housing services, and job opportunities close to public transportation, thereby reducing dependence on automobiles. TODs are typically designed to include a mix of land uses within a quarter-mile walking distance of transit stops or core commercial areas. TODs encourage higher density development in connection with the provision of public transportation or enhanced transportation facilities. Transit Oriented Development may not directly relate to making housing more affordable, but it can decrease the amount that households must spend on transportation and increase the amount available for other household spending